Following Kentucky’s fifth straight loss of the season in a losing effort against North Carolina, UK Head Coach John Calipari asked Cam’Ron Fletcher to temporarily leave the team in order to “preserve the culture” of the program.
Today, only a week after the dismissal, Calipari said on the SEC Teleconference that Fletcher has returned to Lexington, and with “a smile on his face.”
“I think the kid feels bad, but he had to have a wake up call… I’m not doing it to prove a point,” Calipari said. “I discipline kids and not one of you ever know. Why this [time]? It went to a length that disciplining within wasn’t working. But he’s not a bad kid.”
While Fletcher was at home, Calipari had a zoom call with the freshman, his mom and his high school coach. Through this call, the UK coach established the parameters by which he could return, including saying he might not play another minute this season.
“I told him he may not play a minute this year. How are you going to deal with that?” he said. “I wanted everyone to hear that, to understand that this is the long haul.”
Calipari said once again today that there is no locker room issue, despite delegating three players to be in charge of “attitude adjustment” last week. As the team sits at 1-6 going into SEC play, being able to in fact focus on getting better at the game of basketball is crucial.